Lydia Villa-Komaroff is an internationally recognized molecular biologist who served as a researcher at Harvard Medical School and vice president for research at Northwestern University. She is currently is the chief scientific officer of the Cytonome/ST research company.
Villa-Komaroff also was only the third Mexican-American woman to earn a doctorate in science in the United States, and throughout her career she has been deeply committed to recruiting and supporting scientists from underrepresented populations.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and her Ph.D. in cell biology from MIT. In addition to her work at Harvard, she has held research positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Boston. The Cytonome/ST company, where Villa-Komaroff serves not only as scientific officer but also as a board member, builds a cell processing system that can support rapid, sterile sorting of human cells for therapeutic use. She also was a key member of the research team that demonstrated that bacterial cells can produce insulin, and was one of six scientists profiled in the PBS series Discovering Women.
Recorded Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Elmhurst College.